Join Us for The FFC East Lake View Marathon Cheer Station! – Sun 10/8

Join us on Sunday, October 8 at FFC East Lakeview for our marathon cheer station! We will be located at the corner of N. Pine Grove Avenue and Addison (mile marker 7.5) to cheer on Chicago Marathon participants.  

If you will be participating and would like us to cheer for you specifically, please sign up at the front desk at the club or contact Austin Martin ( with your name, email address and estimated finishing time so we can have a personalized sign made for you!

Try This Now: TPain & Madd Dawg’s Weight Loss Boot Camp – 10/15 – 11/12

Looking for a cost-effective program that combines not only fun, group personal training but 1-on-1 customized advice from a registered dietitian? This weight loss boot camp is for you!

Who: anyone looking to lose weight, get a great workout, and have some fun working out.

What: a 4-week weight loss/strength gain program designed to help you shed fat, improve your cardiovascular health and establish healthy routines.

Where: FFC East Lakeview, Group Fitness Studio 2; runs 4 weeks from October 15 – November 12

When: weekday mornings and weekend afternoons (session times will depend on interest)

Cost: $500 (split payment available)

What you get:

  • 4 30-minute consultations with Cindy, our in-house registered dietitian  
  • 8 45-minute fat-burning boot camp sessions designed to increase your heart rate, burn calories, and grow lean muscle
  • Personalized, one-on-one accountability from your coaches, T-Pain and Mad Dawg (aka Taylor and Maddy)

Email Jen at for more information on the boot camp, questions or to sign up. You can also visit the fitness desk!

Try This: Pilates Ring & Roller Class Series With Complimentary Demo – 10/1 or 10/3

Are you looking to take your Pilates practice to the next level with a more intense focus on stability, balance and core engagement? Then our Pilates Ring & Roller class with trainer Joy Miles is the class for you!

This is a progressive 4-week program bringing the principals of Pilates to the Pilates ring and foam roller. Classes meet every Sunday for 4 weeks starting at 12 noon. The program cost is $120 for 4 sessions. Want to know more? Come to a demo session on the following days and times:

  • October 1st at 12noon
  • October 3rd at 6am and 7pm

Contact Joy Miles at for more information!

September Spa Specials

We’re heading into marathon season and we’ve got recovery on the brain! Bounce back from your workout and prevent injury with a 60-minute sports massage for $89 in September!

Joe’s Boxing Boot Camp – Tuesdays; 8 PM – Thursdays; 6 AM – Saturdays; 10 AM

Joe’s Boxing Bootcamp is a full-body workout comprised of boxing techniques mixed into interval training. You will learn how to punch, defend yourself, proper footwork, and get a good cardiovascular workout in the process. Joe customizes his class to all skill levels for a fun and challenging workout. Contact the fitness desk for more information and to sign up!

  • Tuesdays at 8 PM
  • Thursdays at 6 AM
  • Saturdays at 10 AM

Sign Up for Dom & Lea’s Tag-Team Boot Camp! Saturdays; 2 PM

Join FFC East Lakeview’s Dom Wilson & Lea Tallia for a boot camp you don’t want to miss! The camp meets on Saturdays at 2 PM in the Group Fitness Studio. Drop in, check it out, and join us for some fun! Contact Dom and Lea for more information.

Focusing on total body conditioning, this boot camp uses functional movements and interval training to give you an aerobic based workout. Did we mention it’s led by TWO personal trainers!? That means there’s plenty of one on one coaching.  

It’s open to anyone! All of the moves can be modified to accommodate any fitness level. The goal is to maximize aerobic efficiency while increasing muscular strength and endurance. The exercises and circuits change every week so you can always expect something new and exciting to keep you challenged.

*Have a group of friends you want to work out with? We also offer private boot camps tailored to you and your friends, all you need is 3 people ready to get sweaty! 🙂

Welcome New Staff

Meet Your New Trainers at FFC East Lakeview!

Welcome New Staff

Steve Coyne – ISSA-Certified Personal Trainer

After struggling with obesity as a child and teenager, Steve began working out seriously at age 15. During his teenage years, Steve overcame weight issues and fell in love with the world of fitness and strength training. In a short time, he amassed several hard fought accomplishments including a 600 pound raw squat and a 3.5x bodyweight deadlift while stripping away over 90 pounds of fat, all before graduating from high school! It was these achievements that proved to Steve the possibilities that fitness opens.

Wanting to share these possibilities to more people, Steve earned his personal training certification through ISSA in 2010. Since that time, Steve has trained a wide variety of clients and goals, from seniors fitness classes to body-weight only training to strength and conditioning training. Although the clients may differ one things remain the same: the belief and backing that anyone, regardless of circumstance, can do things previously thought impossible through focused action, hard work and dedication. No matter what circumstance you may face, Steve will always push you beyond your limits and provide a constant driving reminder that you can accomplish great things.

Lea Tallia – ACE-Certified Personal Trainer

Lea is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer. She hails from Oakland, California where she grew up a competitive gymnast. Lea moved to Chicago to attend college at DePaul University where she played on the Women’s Rugby Team. As a lifelong fitness enthusiast she is a true “gym rat” who enjoys learning new styles and methods to keep workouts exciting and challenging. Lea’s experience in competitive sports and traditional strength training allow her to take a holistic approach and focus not only on motivating people in the gym but encouraging them to make better choices outside of the gym. She still incorporates her gymnastics training into her fitness routine so if you’re looking to master a handstand or gain flexibility come see Lea!

Angelica Miller – ACSM-Certified Personal Trainer, Peak Pilates Mat Certified Instructor

Angelica first set her sights on the training world when she participated in soccer and gymnastics throughout high school and college. Definitely acquiring some injuries of her own during that time first brought light to her need and interest in post-rehab and preventative exercise. She started her journey by attending college at Andrews University for Exercise Science with an emphasis in pre-physical therapy, finally finishing off with getting her personal training certification from the American College of Sports Medicine. She believes that everyone is an athlete, just in different stages and loves to see everyone reach their goals. So whether you need motivation to move or feel better, Angelica will help you focus on what you need to do to succeed!  

Post Rehabilitation, Preventative Correctives, Lumbar/Core Strength and Stability, Weight-loss, Power Plate Training, Myofascial Release, Pilates, Soccer, Boxing, Lifestyle Coach

Rachel Blaine – Certified Pilates Trainer, NASM-Certified Personal Trainer

Originally from the Chicagoland area, Rachel fled to warmer weather for college and received a Bachelor’s in Creative Writing and a Masters in Writing for the Stage and Screen from Florida State University. Her degrees took her to Los Angeles where she found a healthier lifestyle and fell in love with Pilates. Having scoliosis and Fibromyalgia herself, Rachel found Pilates to be the perfect method to strengthen her body while lessening her pain. Rachel enjoys teaching people how to find their inner strength and showing her clients that this work, though challenging, is for every body.  In addition, she has a beautiful baby girl, and can help expecting mothers and new mothers alike prep and rebuild after a safe delivery!


(*missing from the fitness fun, Angelica Miller)

Parents’ Night Out – Saturday, 4/22; 4 – 7 PM

Join us on Saturday, 4/22 from 4 – 7 PM for a Parents’ Night Out you don’t want to miss! We will have holiday themed games with an Easter Egg Hunt. Contact Austin with any questions or to register at!

Drop off is between 4-4:30 and pickup is between 6:30 – 7 PM. Ages 1 yr – 11 yrs.

Price: $25 for one child. $10 addition for each sibling. (Receive 15% off if you bring a friend)


Member of the Month

Member of the Month

Member of the Month

Congratulations to Evadean Watts, FFC East Lakeview’s November Member of the Month! Evadean is 93 years old and has been a longtime member of FFC. We asked her about her experience at FFC, and here’s what she had to share: 

Membership at FFC…

Is 3 things: fitness, friends and caring! It’s a place to reach goals and prepare for healthy life.

When at FFC you will find me…

In the HydroFit class doing water exercises because they’re good for me and important for my health.

I work out to…

Maintain my ambulation in good stead which assists me greatly, and at my particular age that is very important. I miss it greatly when I can’t make the class.

Locker Room Facility Update as of 10/20

Attention members: please be aware that most of the men’s locker room will be closed for the next 5 weeks as we complete similar renovations as the women’s locker room. We should be able to re-open part of the locker room next week for storage and changing, however the sinks, showers, toilets and steam room will not reopen until project completion, which should be just before Thanksgiving. We have a lot to be thankful for!
We are also pleased to announce the women’s locker room facilities project is finally complete! Check out pictures of the amazing new facility updates below. We’re so excited to be able to share these improvements with you!
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Yoga By the Lake – Every Tuesday/Sunday This Summer


Zen out with the tranquil scenery of Lake Michigan every Tuesday (7-8 PM) and Sunday (10-11 AM) this summer during our Yoga By The Lake series at Belmont Harbor!

Classes will be held indoors if there is inclement weather. Please call (773) 477-3664 to confirm!

RSVP & get more info by emailing!

Member of the Month

Member of the Month

Member of the Month

Congratulations to Julie Kolkebeck, FFC East Lakeview’s August Member of the Month! We asked her about her experience at FFC, and here’s what she had to share:

What does membership at FFC mean to you?

My membership at FFC means a lot to me. I am very fortunate that I was able to lose a lot of weight after joining FFC and it has made me feel alive again and given me a new outlook on life. I often refer to the gym as my happy place. My personal trainer Predrag has motivated and encouraged me throughout my journey and time here at FFC and continues to push me to make sure I make all my fitness goals. I went from never working out to now signing up for races and continuing to look for new ways to challenge myself.

When at FFC you will find me…

Working out with my personal trainer Predrag or taking a group fitness class.

I work out to…

Stay healthy, clear my head and to feel energized.

August Construction: Stay Tuned for Club Updates!


Attention members: we are excited to announce we will be starting renovations to the club locker rooms toward the end of August. During portions of the construction, parts of either the men’s or women’s locker rooms will be unavailable/available as the phases of construction are completed. During these times, the family locker rooms will be available for showers and locker use and will serve as a supplement to the men’s or women’s facilities as needed.

Amenity improvements will include new hand dryers, swimsuit moisture extractors and upgraded interior design. Please stay tuned for more details as we make these exciting upgrades to FFC East Lakeview!

Member of the Month

Member of the Month

Congratulations to Merle Jacob, FFC East Lakeview’s July Member of the Month! We asked her about her experience at FFC, and here’s what she had to share:

What does membership at FFC mean to you?

Membership has allowed me to discover Pilates, which has changed my life. Working with my trainer, Justin has strengthened my core, helped me with balance, and made me strong. He pushes me to work harder and now I’m doing Level 3 Pilates on the reformer. Many of my long term orthopedic problems have been improved, and I feel so much better mentally and physically. I would never have tried Pilates if I hadn’t joined FFC.

When at FFC you will find me…

Working with Justin in the Pilates studio or at the Pilates mat classes. These classes are now part of my life.

I work out to…

Get strong, feel good, and keep moving to keep my arthritis under control. As I get older I’m no longer the little old lady who is always falling down but a strong woman who can try anything.  

Welcome New Staff

Welcome New Staff!

Welcome New Staff

We’d like to extend a warm welcome to our newest Master personal trainer, John Cwiok!

John comes to FFC with a B.S. from Aurora University and certifications in ACE and NSCA. His specialties include core training, functional training, HIIT, TRX/bodyweight training and weight loss. Make sure you say hi next time you drop by the club!

4th of July Weekend Holiday Group Exercise Schedule

4th of July Dance

We can’t wait to celebrate the 4th of July holiday weekend with you! Please be aware of the following schedule of special classes over the weekend. See you at the club!

Friday – All morning and lunchtime classes as usual

Friday evening, July 1:

  • 5:30 – 6:30 PM Vinyasa Yoga – Gary

Saturday, July 2:

  • 9:15 – 10 AM Spinning Interval – Peter
  • 10:45 – 11:45 AM Hydro-Fit – Jeanne
  • 12 – 12:45 PM Zumba – Jeanne
  • 12 – 12:45 PM Spinning Interval – Felicia
  • 12:45 – 1:15 PM Fit Core – Jeanne

Sunday, July 3:

  • 8:45 – 9:30 AM Pilates – Joy
  • 9:30 – 10:15 AM Motiv8 – Peter

Monday, July 4:

  • 9 – 10 AM Hydro-Fit – Ron
  • 10:15 – 10:45 AM #312 – Ron
  • 10:45 – 11:45 AM Pilates – Joy

Yoga By the Lake – Every Tuesday/Sunday This Summer

Vitamin D

Zen out with the tranquil scenery of Lake Michigan every Tuesday (7 – 8 PM) and Sunday (10 – 11 AM) this summer during our Yoga By The Lake series at Belmont Harbor!

Classes will be held indoors if there is inclement weather. Please call (773) 477-3664 to confirm!

RSVP & get more info by emailing!

Lakeview Bike-Friendly Business Discount Program


The Lakeview and Lakeview East Chambers of Commerce have partnered with their business community to promote our bike-friendly neighborhood with the Bike-Friendly Business discount program! Show your bicycle helmet at FFC East Lakeview and receive the following specials:

  • $10 off single day guest pass for non-members
  • $5 off any regular priced 30-minute massage in The Spa @ FFC
  • $10 off any regular priced 60-minute massage in The Spa @ FFC
  • $15 off any regular priced 90-minute massage in The Spa @ FFC
  • 10% off any regular priced items in the Sports Shop

For a full list of the Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce participating businesses and deals, visit! Questions? Contact Jason Hammers at or Jessica Mayo at

Member of the Month

Member of the Month

Member of the Month

Congratulations to Joan Harris, FFC East Lakeview’s April Member of the Month! We asked Joan about her experience at FFC, and here’s what she had to share:

What does membership at FFC mean to you?

Membership made me believe that anyone at any age could compete in a triathlon.

When at FFC, you will find me…

In Hydro-Fit, BASIC or Pilates class or swimming laps – all with terrific instructors.

I work out to…

Stay in shape, stay energized, stay happy, stay healthy, stay strong, and to participate in a triathlon.

We’d also like to congratulate Joan on an amazing, recent FIRST place finish in her age group at the FFC Gold Coast Indoor Tri and her FIRST place team finish for the FFC Lincoln Park Indoor Tri relay – way to go Joan!!   


New Spring Pilates Studio Group Class Schedule

Pilates Group Class

Brush up on the basics or try something new! Join us during one of our group Pilates classes. Check out the updated spring schedule below. Don’t see a scheduled class that works for you? You and 2-3 of your friends can form your own small group class and meet at a time convenient for you. Contact Ilana Faust at for more information and to sign up!

Mondays 9 AM and 6:30 PM – Beg/Int Reformer with Madie

Mondays at 10 AM – Let’s Get Classy-Cal with Ilana


Tuesdays 10 AM – Wise Owls Pilates with Justin

Tuesdays 6 PM Multilevel Reformer with Joy


Wednesdays 6 AM – Pilates Force Fusion with Justin

Wednesdays 10 AM – Let’s Get Classy-Cal with Ilana


Thursdays 5:15 PM – Intermediate Reformer with Justin

Thursdays 10 AM – Mindful Pilates with Ilana


Fridays 6 AM – Pilates Force Fusion with Justin

Fridays 7 AM – Multilevel Pilates with Justin


Saturdays 9:30 AM – Jumpboard Pilates with Justin

Saturdays 4 PM – Saturday Pilates with Ilana


Sundays at 10 AM Prenatal with Madie

Sundays at 11 AM Multilevel Reformer with Joy
Cost: 4 Sessions for $120 and 8 sessions for $224

Self-Defense Seminar with Nathan Spring – 4/9; 8 AM


On Saturday April 9 from 8 – 9 AM, Master Trainer Nathan Spring will be leading an hour- long practical self-defense seminar. The seminar will cover easy to remember and simple to use techniques that will help anyone in real world situations.

Hands-on class: workout attire required. $35 for members, non-members also welcome. Email to reserve a spot and for more information!

Valentine’s Day Spa Specials!

Valentine's Day Massage

Twice as Nice at a Sweet Price

Give the gift of massage. Come with a special someone, buy two for him or her, or have two for yourself – you choose!

Two 60-Minute Massages for $145

*Both services must be completed in February. Offer and massages expire 2/29/16.  May not be combined with other discounts.


Don’t wait – book your appointment now before they fill up!

February Unlimited Pilates Group Apparatus Classes Program

Unlimited Group Apparatus EL

Try something different this month! Pay one low price of just $99 and take as many Group Reformer classes as you can during the month of February (Feb 1 – 29!) To register, contact your Pilates trainer or email John Beale at for more details.

New Runners Bootcamp

Runner's Bootcamp

Learn how to improve your running form and incorporate strength training into your workout routine to ensure you finish strong. This 12-week program will make sure you’re in shape for the Shamrock Shuffle or any other spring racing event you have coming up! For more details or to sign up, contact Joe Levita at

Valentine’s Day Parents’ Night Out – Sunday, 2/14; 4 – 7:30 PM

Valentine's Parents Night Out

Take some time for yourselves and leave the kids with us! Drop off is from 4 – 4:30 PM, pickup is at 7:30 PM. A Valentine’s Day craft will be featured, along with some other fun surprises. Contact Austin Martin at for more info. Must register by 2/9 at 10 PM. Receive a 10% discount if you bring a guest! Club tab will be accepted as a payment option.


  • 1 Child – members $20, guests $25
  • $10 each additional child

6 mo. – 9 yrs old

Children’s Swim Lessons Return to East Lakeview!

Kids Swim Lessons

Stay tuned for more details on our upcoming children’s swim lesson offerings. For more information or questions, email Jason Hammers at

Welcome New Staff

Welcome New Staff!

Welcome New Staff

Please give warm welcomes to the newest level two Master Personal Trainer, Julian Ruiz. And welcome back to our FFC East Lakeview family Ilana Faust, who returns as our new Pilates Coordinator. Make sure you say hi to them both next time you’re in the club!

February Health Check Saturdays

Health Checkup Saturdays

We understand that many of us are too busy to regularly see our doctors, so we have partnered with area health providers, along with our own staff of fitness professionals, to provide complimentary health and wellness screenings right here in the club.


February 6

NovaCare Injury Screens: 8 AM – 12 PM

Men’s Health Chicago Low Testosterone Screenings: 9 AM – 1 PM

FFC Nutrition Solutions Nutrition Q&A Table 10 AM – 2 PM

FFC Personal Trainers Blood Pressure & Body Fat Testing: 10 AM – 2 PM


February 13

Howard Brown Health HIV & STI Testing: 10 AM – 2 PM

FFC Personal Trainers Blood Pressure & Body Fat Testing: 10 AM – 2 PM

American Academy of Dermatology Skin Cancer Screenings: 2 – 5 PM


February 20

FFC Personal Trainers Blood Pressure & Body Fat Testing: 10 AM – 2 PM

FFC TriMonster Running Analysis: 11 AM – 3 PM


February 27

Spex Optical Vision Screening 9 AM – 12 PM

Center on Halsted HIV Testing: 10 AM – 2 PM

FFC Personal Trainers Blood Pressure & Body Fat Testing: 10 AM – 2 PM

Love, Sweat and Dance – 2/13; 12 – 1 PM

Valentine's Zumba

Join Nora Coyle and Jeanie Barker on Saturday, 2/13 in Studio 2 from noon to 1 PM for a Valentine’s Day themed, team-taught Zumba class featuring songs about love!

Contact Kelly Amshoff at to sign up and for more info!

Love, Sweat and Spin! – Sunday, 2/14; 9:30 AM

Valentine's Spinning

Join Christine McCary and Kelly Amshoff on Sunday, 2/14 in the Spin Studio at 9:30 AM for a Valentine’s Day themed, team-taught spinning class featuring songs about love!

Contact Kelly Amshoff at to sign up and for more info!

January Spa Specials – Good Things Come in Threes!


When it comes to your well-being, consistency is key.  For example, if you exercise twice a year only when the moment strikes you, you may experience some minor benefits, but the effort and soreness probably wouldn’t leave you feeling all too positively about your experience. On the contrary, working out several times a week will certainly yield positive results both physiologically and psychologically.  Similarly, your complementary care practices, such as receiving massage therapy regularly, will help you to recover from exercise more quickly and reduce pain and inflammation.  Monthly facials can offset environmental and dietary stresses which often present themselves through the skin in the form of acne, redness, and dryness.

Whatever you choose for your workout routine this year, make sure to offset any negative side effects with complementary therapies that will keep your exercise habits consistent and achieve maximum results!

This month at the Spa at FFC:

30 Minute Workout Recovery- Adding a massage after your workout helps you condition better and recover faster.  Three 30-Minute Massages $164 (regularly $180) – all clubs. 


Peel Back the Years – Gentle but effective facial peels help to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and improve skin tone and texture.  Three Peels $265 (regularly $300) – Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, Oak Park & West Loop only.


Protect Your Hands & Feet from Winter Dryness – Three Spa Manicures for $60 (regularly $75) or Three Spa Pedicures for $115 (regularly $135) – Lincoln Park & Union Station only.

Book now!

Holiday Shopping Club – 12/18; 3 – 8 PM





Shop til you drop! Leave the kids with us on Saturday, December 18 and get that holiday shopping out of the way from 3 – 7:30 PM. Non-members are welcome!

  • Members: $30 1 child, $40 2 children, $5 additional child
  • Non-Members: $35 1 child, $45 2 children, $10 additional child

For more information and to RSVP, email Austin Martin at


Attention Members: Club Closing Early at 7 PM on Saturday, 12/12



We will be closing the club early on Saturday, December 12 at 7:00 PM for our all-staff end of the year meeting. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to Jason Hammers at with any questions – thank you for your understanding and happy holidays!

Holiday Spa Packages – Things Are Better in Pairs


Not sure what to get your loved one for the holiday or just need a little “me time” in December? Take advantage of one of our spa packages!  You can even gift one and keep one for yourself. Enjoy a relaxing or deep tissue therapeutic massage and a facial that will get your skin looking bright and fresh just in time for the holidays. Choose from the following three options:

  • A Winning Combination:  60-Min Massage & 30-Min Facial Package for just $125 (reg. $150)
  • The Perfect Pair:  60 Min Massage + 60 Min Facial for just $150 (reg. $180)
  • Two of a Kind:  Two 60-Min Massages or Two 60-Min Facials for just $150 (reg. $180)

*Special prices available until December 31, 2015.  No two discounts apply.  Packages expire one year from date of purchase.  

Move2Win Winners

Congratulations To Our Move2Win Winners!

Move2Win Winners

Firstly, we’d like to congratulate all participants for a great challenge. You definitely showed us you could move this past month of October!

We’d also like to extend a huge congratulations to our winning Move2Win club, FFC Old Town! Way to log those miles! And a congratulations to runner up club FFC Union Station!

Finally, we’d also like to recognize the grand prize winner and top performers of each club. Congratulations to Jonathan Douglas, of FFC Halsted Street, who was pulled as the grand prize winner from the top performers. Great job everyone!

Club Top Performers

  • East Lakeview – Annette Strenge
  • Gold Coast – Noel Troost
  • Halsted Street – Jonathan Douglas
  • Lincoln Park – Eric Acton
  • Oak Park – Jason Schvach
  • Old Town – Brittney Neice
  • South Loop – Chris Kucik
  • Union Station – Brian Schmidt
  • West Loop – Adam Hii
Lightened Up Thanksgiving

A Message From The RDs: Lighten Up Your Thanksgiving

Lightened Up Thanksgiving

Fall is in full swing, and the reality of food-related temptations has definitely set in. Hopefully your Halloween candy is out of the house, and the fridge is full of fresh fall vegetables in preparation for the next holiday – Thanksgiving! What better time to practice giving thanks for the food in front of us, and being mindful of what we choose to consume?

I asked the team at FFC Oak Park to share their favorite Thanksgiving dishes, and then I provided tips for how to lighten the calories, fat, and sugar in each. Happy reading!

Green Bean Casserole

Most families add cream of mushroom soup and crunchy, fried onions on top, adding so much fat and calories that the nutrients from the green beans is mostly minimized.

  • Lighten It Up: Make green beans the star of the dish, instead of hiding them in other ingredients. Steam green beans quickly to maintain nutrients, and then top with simple ingredients, such as lemon, garlic, and sliced almonds for crunch.
  • Nutrients in Green Beans: Vitamin C, Beta-Carotene, Fiber

Mashed potatoes and Gravy

It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without creamy mashed potatoes and gravy, another dish overcome by fat and calories. I always say “it’s not potatoes that are the problem, it’s what we do to potatoes that makes them unhealthy.”

  • Lighten It Up: Swap out white potatoes and enjoy the natural sweetness of sweet potatoes by combining them with cinnamon, pecans, and a little bit of brown sugar. Adding an egg can help the structure of the casserole, and also provide healthy fat to help your body absorb the Vitamin A in the vegetable.
  • Nutrients in Sweet Potatoes: Fiber, Vitamin A


Another Thanksgiving staple, yet full of carbohydrates and fat. Most of the fat comes from the turkey, which transfers to the stuffing as you you cook it inside the bird.

  • Lighten It Up: Slash calories by cooking the stuffing outside of the turkey in a baking dish. Additionally, try using a higher fiber bread (such as whole grain or sprouted grain) if you’re open to a new texture.
  • Nutrients in Stuffing: Fiber and other specific nutrients depending on which vegetables you include (think: onions, peppers, celery, and herbs!)

Pumpkin Pie

You may be too full to get off the couch, but it’s still hard to resist dessert.

  • Lighten It Up: Use the same flavors profiles found in lighter dishes and serve them in bite-size portions (great for tasting, but not overindulging.) Examples are adding pumpkin puree to an energy bite recipe, or oatmeal cookies.
  • Nutrients in Pumpkin: Vitamin A, Beta-Carotene, other antioxidants

​No matter what you decide to consume on this holiday, make sure to remember and follow these hunger cues: eat what you want, when you’re hungry, and in quantities that your body needs.​


Chicago Sport and Social Club


We’re taking it indoors this season! For a limited time only, Chicago Sport and Social Club is offering $100 off Indoor Soccer team registrations at The PrivateBank Fire Pitch. Sign your team up by November 15 using the code “friendly”. Go for the goal and save some green!  

Visit for more information and to sign up. #ItsWhatChiDoes

Get Ready For The Holiday Season With Ortanic!


Save the orange for the leaves and pumpkins!  Custom Airbrush Tanning will highlight all your best assets to compliment your cooler-weather wardrobe (and get you ready for all those holiday parties.)

November Ortanic Exclusive: get up to 5 Tans in for just $100!!  (Regularly a $235 value!) Book your appointment now by visiting our website or call 877-678-2642.

*You pay $100 up front and may tan up to 5 times within 30 days of purchase.  Offer ends 11/30/15.  No two discounts apply.

Complimentary Injury Screenings for November By NovaCare

Chicago Physical Therapy

Prepare for the upcoming cold-weather months with one of our complimentary injury screenings! Visit any of the locations below at the specified time during the month of November.

  • Oak Park FFC – Nov 12 5-7 PM
  • Halsted FFC – Nov 17 1-3 PM
  • East Lakeview FFC – Nov 10 5:45-7:15 PM
  • Union Station FFC – Nov 18 12:30-2:30 PM
  • West Loop FFC – Nov 18 4:30-6 PM
  • South Loop FFC – walk in (Monday/Wednesday 7 AM – 7 PM, Tuesday/Thursday 11:30 AM – 8 PM and Friday: 7 AM – 3 PM
  • Lincoln Park FFC – walk in (Mon/Tues/Thurs 11:30-8 PM and Wed/Fri 7-3:30 PM)

Closed on Thanksgiving

Coat Drive at FFC

Donate to the Heartland Alliance Coat Drive! Nov 1 – Nov 30

Coat Drive at FFC

Share the Warmth!
This November, FFC will be helping to collect your new or gently used winter coats, snow boots, hats, scarves and mittens. We have partnered Heartland Alliance, the Midwest’s leading anti-poverty organization, to distribute winter clothing items to recently arriving refugee families. Please help make their transition to a new life in Chicago a little warmer.

Collection sites will be located in the lobbies of the following club locations: FFC Gold Coast, FFC West Loop, FFC Lincoln Park, FFC Oak Park. We will be welcoming items through the end of November. To learn more about the Heartland Alliance organization and mission, visit